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For Immediate Release

Leslie Weddell
(719) 389-6038


Four from geology department, one from education to attend
conference in Oregon

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Oct. 13, 2009 – Five people affiliated with Colorado College, including a student, will attend the Geological Society of America’s (GSA) annual meeting and exposition, to be held Oct. 18-21 in Portland, Ore. The GSA has invited four members of the geology department and one from the education department to present their work.

Senior David Goverman, who collaborated with Christine Smith Siddoway, professor and chair of the geology department, will present his poster, “Microtextural Evidence of Melt and High Temperature Deformation Mechanisms in (a Mesoproterozoic Wrench Zone) Wet Mountains, Colorado.”Siddoway will discuss her work, “The Record of East Gondwana Margin Cycles in West Antarctica: Evidence From Marie Byrd Land.” Celestine Mercer, a visiting geology professor, will discuss her work, “The Temperature connection Between Magmatic and Hydrothermal Realms of the Porphyry-CU-MO Deposit at Butte, Montana.” Zion Klos, who graduated in 2009 and is currently working as a paraprofessional in the geology department, will present his poster, “Hyporheic Exchange as a Control on Population of Mussels in the Allegheny River, Pennsylvania.” Klos also will deliver a talk about the work he and Siddoway completed, “Neotectonic Evaluations of Seismic Hazard Along the Ruataniwha Fault, Dannevirke, New Zealand.”

Additionally, Mike Taber, professor of education and director of CC’s environmental program, will present his work on “Using GIS to Support a Data Driven Construction Approach to Teaching Global Climate Change.”Taber and collaborators at Colorado State University developed a curriculum that utilizes data-driven learning modules and challenges students to thoroughly understand climate change. Their work was sponsored by a grant from the Center for Multi-scale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes (CMMAP).

The meeting will address energy, environmental, water, and mineral resource concerns, in addition to effective methods of educating students and the public about these issues. Approximately 6,000 scientists are expected to attend.

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